Current Affairs – February, 2015

Latest Current Affairs February, 2015 with Current Affairs, news summary on current events of National and International importance of February, 2015 for Banking, SSC, CLAT, UPSC, State PCS, IBPS, Railways and other Competitive Examinations.

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Apple Inc fined $553 million for patent infringement

US Tech giant Apple Inc has been fined $553 million for three patent infringements owned by patent licensing firm Smartflash LLC.

This verdict was given by federal Jury in US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The Jury in its verdict found out that Apple Inc’s iTunes software has infringed three patents owned by Smartflash LLC.

The federal jury in its verdict also held that Apple had not only used Smartflash’s patents without permission, but also used them willfully.

Background

In May 2013, Smartflash LLC had sued Apple Inc, alleging that iTunes software has violated its 3 patents related to accessing and storing downloaded songs, videos and games. In this regard, Smartflash LLC had asked $852 million in damages from Apple.

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Jamaica passes law to decriminalises marijuana for personal use

Jamaica’s Parliament on 25 February 2015 has passed a law to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of marijuana up to 57 grams for personal use.

The newly passed law allows licensing authority to oversee the medical and scientific uses of the Marijuana plant in the country.

Jamaica’s decision to legalise marijuana comes in line with global trend which include several Latin American countries and US states that have decriminalised marijuana possession.

Marijuana is widely grown in Jamaica and has cultural roots there. It is also the biggest exporter of marijuana to the United States among Caribbean countries.

Global trend of decriminalisation of marijuana

  • In 2014, Uruguay was the first country in the world to approve the growth, sale and distribution of marijuana.
  • In United States, states like Alaska, Colorado, and Washington have legalises the sale and possession of marijuana for both medical and non-medical use.
  • Mexico, Colombia and Argentina also have decriminalised the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

About Marijuana

  • Marijuana is a greenish-gray mixture of the dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds and flowers of Cannabis sativa – the hemp plant.
  • Most people smoke marijuana, though it can also be used in other forms such as edibles, powders and oils.
  • Medicinal values of marijuana is used as a drug for controlling pain for medical issues, like cancer, nervous system diseases, glaucoma, migraines, etc. It also can be used to treat nausea and improve appetites for people with HIV or other chronic illnesses.

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